The Seattle Mariners finally won a game after losing five straight games. They beat the Washington Nationals in the final game of the three game series after giving up a lot of runs to them in the previous two games. The Mariners lost five in a row since they had beaten the Chicago White Sox in the first game of the four game series against them at home.
The last game they had won Ariel Miranda who pitched a wonderful game giving up three hits in five innings Thursday afternoon also had beaten the White Sox in the first game in the four game series. Going into this game the Mariners had won only three games while losing ten after having their record come to 17-17. The Mariners record now is 21-27.
The Mariners offense that scored only one run in the previous five games beat the Nationals on Thursday 4-2. The Mariners offense came alive in the sixth inning on a home run by Nelson Cruz. It put the Mariners ahead 3-2. The Nationals had scored their two runs the previous inning going ahead 2-0. The Mariners made their fourth run in the seventh inning.
The Mariners bullpen did a good job giving up three hits in four innings and did not issue a walk at all. Although he was a little wild Edwin Diaz recorded the save.
The Mariners now go to Fenway Park in Boston. Fenway being an offensive ball park it would be nice if the Mariners can come more alive in this series before heading to Colorado where we know the ball will fly.
One thing we do know is that the pitchers will need to do a better job than they have been. At least the bullpen gave hope in the last game in Washington shutting the Nationals out.
A positive thing the Mariners will not have to face lefty Chris Sale who beat the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Yovani Gallardo who gave up ten runs in his last outing for the Mariners will be facing the Red Sox on Friday night. We hope that he does a better job and can go at least six innings. The most important thing is that he gives the Mariners a chance to win the game.
The Mariners will be facing Eduardo Rodrigues who has an era of 3.10 in nine games. He has started eight of those games and has struck out 55 batters in just over 49 innings. So the Mariners will have to look at getting the bat on the ball. He is a lefty so I expect that the Mariners will go primarily with a right handed hitting lineup. Of course Cano and Seager should both be in the lineup even so.
Regardless how this series goes it would be nice if the Mariners could win this opening game against the Red Sox. The Mariners may have James Paxton back soon since he has gone on a rehab assignment. More news on that front could come today. Go M’s.